Issue 14-30, December 9, 2014
- SCIENCE ENABLED BY SPITZER PRIOR TO JWST
- PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
- RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY!
- TRAVELERS IN THE NIGHT
- SBAG HOTEL DEADLINE
- JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
- UPCOMING MEETINGS
SCIENCE ENABLED BY SPITZER OBSERVATIONS PRIOR TO JWST
A Committee comprising science community representatives has convened under the auspices of the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) to draft a report on Science Enabled by Spitzer Space Telescope Observations Prior to JWST. This Science Analysis Group (SAG) 9 activity is described here: http://cor.gsfc.nasa.gov/sags/sag9.php .
A draft version of the report will be available early January 2015 for comment by any interested member of the science community, including planetary scientists, via email to [email protected]. The Committee is committed to conveying the community’s interests to NASA through its Astrophysics Subcommittee, to which the report will be submitted in March 2015. Please contact Stefanie Milam (stefanie.n.milam at nasa.gov) for more details.
SAG 9 Committee Members:
Daniela Calzetti (co-Chair), David Leisawitz (co-Chair), Lee Armus, Sean Carey, Ranga Ram Chary, Daniel Dale, Drake Deming, Joshua Emery, Kathleen Kraemer, Stefanie Milam, Avi Mandell, Rachel Osten, Ken Sembach, Adam Stanford, John Stauffer, Massimo Stiavelli, Michael Werner, Rogier Windhorst, Ned Wright
PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
2015 PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
Application deadline: December 15, 2014
Awards will be announced on or about December 31, 2014
This award is established by the Planetary Science Institute in memory of Senior Scientist Betty Pierazzo to support and encourage
graduate students to build international collaborations and relationships in planetary science. Two awards will be made each year,
contingent upon there being meritorious applications. One will be awarded to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an
institution within the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting (conferences and workshops) outside of
the U.S. The second award will be to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution outside of the U.S. This is to
support travel to a planetary science related meeting within the U.S. These include general meetings that have planetary-focused
sessions such as the AGU, GSA, EGU and IAG.
The award will consist of a certificate and up to $2000US.
Additional information and application materials are available at: http://www.psi.edu/pista
RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY!
With no dues increase and a “stellar” lineup of benefits, there isn’t a better time than now to renew your commitment to the AAS/DPS.
AAS emailed members in early September announcing the start of membership renewal season, and many took notice. Online renewals are arriving at a steady pace. If you have already paid your dues, thanks for your continued support.
To help reduce costs and the Society’s carbon footprint, we encourage you to renew online today for fast, easy self-service. Simply log in to pay your dues, to confirm or update your journal subscriptions and Division memberships, and to lock in savings for 2016 by renewing for two years at the current rate. (Note: That last option isn’t available to junior members, who instead get two years for the price of one — currently $77 —when first joining the Society, then renew annually thereafter.)
Renew before 31 December to maintain your benefits and receive additional savings: the AAS will extend a one-time 15% discount off your portion of the author charges for one paper published in the Astronomical Journal, the Astrophysical Journal, ApJ Letters, or ApJ Supplement. Eligible members can double their savings: if you renew by 31 December for two years, you will receive the 15% author discount on one paper each in 2015 and 2016.
The Society has much planned for 2015 — including the 225th meeting of the AAS in Seattle in January and the 29th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Honolulu in August — so you won’t want to miss out on the latest science, member communications, and career and networking opportunities. Supporting the AAS is supporting your discipline. Renew today!
If you have any questions about your dues or benefits, or need assistance when logging in, please contact the membership team by email at[email protected]or by phone at 202-328-2010. Thank you!
TRAVELERS IN THE NIGHT
DPS members may be interested in Travelers In The Night.
Please give a listen: http://www.prx.org/series/33698-travelers-in-the-night
I am an observer with the University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey Team. Travelers In The Night features an engaging and informative
series of two-minute radio programs about asteroids, comets, spacecraft and other objects in space. The pieces are “evergreen” in that they
are current but not dated. The script for each program piece can be found on travelersinthenight.org. At the end of each one you can click
for more information.
For radio stations Travelers In The Night is available from Google Drive or on CDs. I encourage DPS members to send me their research
(From Al Grauer)
SBAG (SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP) HOTEL DEADLINE
The 12th SBAG meeting will be held January 6-7, 2015, in Tempe, AZ: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/meetings/
Please note that the hotel deadline is next Friday, Dec. 12. Registration is free but still important for planning purposes, so please register. A final meeting agenda is also now posted.
The SBAG 12 dates and location were selected in coordination with the Conference on Spacecraft Reconnaissance of Asteroid and Comet Interiors, AstroRecon, which will be held January 8-10, 2015, in Tempe, AZ:
For all Job opportunities, please visit jobs
and also consider posting a job by filling out the jobs submission form at:
You can send any comments, questions, or suggestions to the DPS Jobs Czar at: [email protected]
A) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT UC BERKELEY
The University of California, Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor level with an expected start date of July 1, 2015.
Application closing date: 12 December 2014
B) POSTDOC IN NEO FOLLOW UP
The Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, Inc. (LCOGT) and University of California, Santa Barbara seek a postdoctoral scientist to work on the follow up of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and the creation of citizen science program.
Applications closing date: 2 January 2015
C) RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN SPACE PHYSICS, IMPERIAL COLLEGE UK
JOB OPENING: Research Associate in Space Physics, Imperial College London, UK
Title: Research Associate – Topic: Modeling of cometary plasma in the context of Rosetta Location: Space and Atmospheric Physics group,
Department of Physics, Imperial College London, London, UK – Duration: until March 31, 2016
Closing date for application: 5 January 2015
D) POSTDOC AT THE OBSERVATORIO NACIONAL, RIO DE JANEIRO
Atmospheric structure of extrasolar planets.
Application due date 1 February 2015
E) POSITIONS AT NRAO
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has openings for a Scientist (Assistant/Associate)https://cw.na1.hgncloud.com/nrao/loadJobPostingDetails.do?jobPostingID=100760&source=jobList
and an Astronomer (Tenure Track) https://cw.na1.hgncloud.com/nrao/loadJobPostingDetails.do?jobPostingID=100761&source=jobList
Application deadline for both positions is 1 February 2015.
A) LPSC 2015
The 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas, on March 16-20, 2015.
Abstract submission is now open and abstracts are due on January, 6, 2015.
B) EGU 2015
12 – 17 April 2015
The EGU welcomes further proposals for Topical Meetings, Training Schools and Workshops, as well as applications for EGU Sponsorship of External Meetings, for the year 2015.
Successful proposals result in high profile EGU events with financial support.
Proposals for events in 2015 must be submitted by 31 December 2014 only via the online form on the EGU website (http://www.egu.eu/meetings/support-request/).
More information about the aims, format and mechanisms of the EGU Topical Events Programme together with application guidelines can be found at the above link.
Among several other sessions related to planetary sciences (PS), please note that to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Huygens probe landing on Titan (14 January, 2005), a special Huygens Probe 10th anniversary session is planned.
Session PS3.2: Huygens Probe 10th anniversary session
Session Summary: On January 14, 2005, the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe arrived at and landed on Saturn’s Largest moon Titan. Huygens was an important element of the international Cassini mission to Saturn which continues until 2017. The data from the Huygens science investigations, developed under true international partnerships, continues to be used to this day to improve our understanding of Titan, the Saturn system and the other giant planets, and the solar system. Ten years later we remember the development of the Huygens mission, and we reflect on the impact of Huygens’ remarkable achievements on solar system science.
This session will highlight the Huygens mission, the major discoveries of Huygens, and will consider the significance these discoveries in the broader perspective of Saturn, the giant planets, and the solar system.
The Abstract Submission link for the Session PS3.2 can be found at
Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at:
The deadline for the receipt of Abstracts is 07 Jan 2015, 13:00 CET. In case you would like to apply for support, please submit no later than 28 Nov 2014.
Please note that EGU cannot provide financial support for invited speakers.
Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna !
The Conveners: D. Atkinson, J.-P. Lebreton, A. Coustenis, R. Lorenz, D. Matson, O. Witasse
C) USER TRAINING IN JWST DATA ANALYSIS
May 6-8, 2015
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland